Water focus of analysis

Spallumcheen has committed to a feasibility analysis on water supply for the southeast sector.

Spallumcheen has committed to a feasibility analysis on water supply for the southeast sector.

Council voted unanimously to a staff recommendation to allow planners Urban Systems Ltd. to undertake a feasibility analysis of water servicing options, including ground water sources, for the South Spallumcheen Industrial Lands Water Servicing Strategy.

“In the southern portion of the township, water servicing is identified as an impediment to facilitate the expansion of industrial land development to increase the township’s tax base,” wrote chief administrative officer Corey Paiement and consultant Greg Betts, in a report to council.

A contract of $12,600 plus applicable taxes will be awarded to Urban Systems. The feasibility analysis will be funded from the township’s gas tax reserve fund.

Rail corridor

Spallumcheen has thrown its support to exploring the possible purchase of the CP Rail corridor from Armstrong to Sicamous.

Council unanimously approved, in principle, “working together collaboratively and with one voice” to explore the acquisition.

The township would work with other jurisdictions as well as the Splatsin band, which hosted an information session in February about the rail line featuring representatives from local governments and the Shuswap Trail Alliance.

A task force has been formed to keep the acquisition process moving forward.

Green Day

Mayor Janice Brown will donate funds for a green cause.

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Environmental Trust holds its annual Green Day festival on April 18 at Askew’s.

“We suggest three levels of sponsorship,” said David Derbowka, president and charter member of ASET. “Seedling is a $50 donation, sapling for $75 and tree for $100.”

ASET raises funds for supporting environmental education and will provide at least one $1,000 bursary to a 2015 graduating student of Pleasant Valley Secondary School.